There are a number of reasons why your dog may become scared or anxious. From fireworks to separation anxiety, your dog may want something to provide them some comfort. Every dog may react differently to a stressor, whether it’s in your environment or right outside your home. Fortunately, with the help of items like toys and clothing, you can help provide them some calm inside your very own house. For example, a DIY Thundershirt for dogs is a wearable clothing item for your pet that may help bring them some peace when they’re stressed. In this installment of our at-home DIY series, read on to learn more about how to make your own DIY Thundershirt for your best friend and the importance of having a safe and pet-friendly space.
How to make your own DIY
Thundershirt for dogs
A DIY Thundershirt for dogs can be made in a wide variety of ways. For example, depending on your dog’s size or breed you may want to take into account what type of material to make your shirt.
Consider the following:
those are just a few options to consider for your furry friend, for an additional
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Steps to make your own DIY Thundershirt for dogs
you’ve decided you’re going to make an anxiety wrap, where do you start?
to The K9 of Mine blog,
it all may depend on the type of material you’re choosing to make your wrap. Below
are some steps to consider if you’re using a scarf or ace bandage for your pet.
Place the bandage or scarf across the dog’s chest.
2. Bring both ends of the bandage up and cross over your dog’s shoulders. For example, cross the material at the base of your dog’s shoulders and cross any loose ends on the stomach.
3. Tie the loose ends over the top of the lower back.
Also, depending on the type of material or your dog’s size you may have to modify steps for the ideal fit. Further, your dog should always be able to move, sit, and lay down comfortably.
For a more advanced DIY Thundershirt for dogs, check out this K9 of Mine tutorial below.
The benefits of a DIY anxiety wrap
A DIY anxiety wrap is meant to provide comfort for your best friend. Also, it’s meant to de-stress and calm them when they’re in an anxious or in an overly excited state.
Naturally, every dog is different, and it may take some pet’s time to adjust to wearing clothing items.
If you have any questions, please seek the guidance of your veterinarian. Further, they can help recommend the best course of action and treatment plan for your dog.
Tips to help your anxious furry
enrichment is a great way to help your pet with their anxiety. Consider
incorporating enrichment and toys to help ease their stress. For example, items
like snuffle mats, puzzle feeders, and interactive toys can help curb behavior cues
and keep them busy.
Exercise is a great way to enrich your pet’s day. Take a walk to provide your dog with some mental and physical stimulation.
Making a DIY Thundershirt for dogs
may help them feel better
At the end
of the day, you just want your best to be happy and healthy. A DIY project
gives you the chance to be creative and better help your pet.
into account your dog’s breed, age, and size, what type of design you would
like to make, and consulting with your veterinarian, your pup may be ready to
wear your DIY outfit for the ultimate cozy day.
What are some of your favorite ways
to make your own DIY Thundershirt?
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.